Wednesday, September 21, 2016

EpiPen price-gouging scandal brings a closer look at Mylan

I'm happy to say that the EpiPen price-gouging scandal has stirred enough outrage to trigger several investigations into Mylan.

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch was called in to testify before the House Oversight Committee today.  She's claiming that they're not price-gouging, that they only make $50 off of each pen...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Price gouging on insulin is a thing, too

Remember the EpiPen price gouging story I posted not long ago?  It's funny, when I posted the story I said, "It's not related to diabetes."  But now that EpiPen prices have attracted such widespread attention, people have now brought up how much the cost of insulin has risen in recent years, too.

The EpiPen wasn't alone: Price gouging on insulin draws outrage

The rise in prices on insulin probably isn't quite as dramatic as the rise in EpiPen prices -- 200 percent on insulin, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, contrasted with more like 500 percent on the EpiPen, but it's still a serious increase that we absolutely should be questioning.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Big Pharma price-gouging with EpiPens

It's not related to diabetes, but if you pay attention to the headlines at all lately, you probably heard about the latest scandal in the pharmaceutical world: Mylan has raised the price of their EpiPens something like 450 percent, from $100 for a two-pack in 2007 to $600 now.  And they can't even claim they have to cover the cost of inventing the drug, since they actually only bought the rights to the patent from another company.

So what have they been spending their money on?  Their CEO's salary, apparently, which has also jumped since then, from $2 million to $19 million.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Diabetes and your period: Is skipping periods a good idea?

There was an article recently on NPR about whether women need periods.  The article was largely about how there is no point to having a period if you're not trying to get pregnant, and discussing different birth controls that suppress periods.

At the bottom of the article, however, was one lone dissenter:

Monday, June 13, 2016

Promising study results for oral insulin

All of us diabetics who take insulin, whether we are type 1 or type 2, have to inject the insulin.  That's because taken orally, our bodies would just digest the insulin.

But it seems that at least one pharmaceutical company may have figured out a way around that.

Oramed Announces Positive Top-Line Results from Phase IIb Oral Insulin Study

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sleep issues increase diabetes risk

We know sleep is important for your health, but did you know just how important?  Turns out insomnia increases your diabetes risk.  Women who have trouble going to sleep, or tend not to stay asleep, are 22 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes (after accounting for other risks).  Women who get less than six hours of sleep a night are a whopping 47 percent more likely.

The worst offenders, women who had difficulty sleeping plus three other problems (choosing between snoring, sleep apnea, less than six hours a night, and working a night shift) were a mind-boggling 400 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.